Stands at the northern end of Hainan Island, on the west bank of the Nandu River estuary, this river is the longest river on the island and the name of Haikou apparently means "Mouth of the sea" in Chinese.
As the capital of Hainan Island, Haikou is the provincial administrative center of Hainan as well being the focus of the local economy, culture and transportation. The downtown area of Haikou has an excellent environment with streets lined with coconut palms, that's why Haikou known also as the 'Coconut City', Here there are modern and convenient public transport facilities and all that is best in a tropical seaside city that is away from pollution, and that meets the needs of the tourist in a friendly and welcoming way.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Haikou enjoys a long coastline that features excellent bathing beaches and sea side resorts. Haikou has evolved from a simple sightseeing city to an attractive seaside resort and business center, the services for visitors to Haikou are being extended with the aim of establishing Haikou as Southern China's key center for tourism.
As for transportation, Haikou Meilan Airport, railway station, ship and expressway links cities of China and the whole world.
Besides its natural resources, Haikou has a number of important sites of historical interest. The Wugong Temple (The Five Official's Temple), the Tomb of Hai Rui and the Xiuying Emplacement each serve as reminders of the historical importance of Haikou.
No trip is complete without the opportunity to savor tempting local food and shopping opportunities. It goes without saying that for anyone travel to Haikou, seafood is definitely a must. The Haikou climate means there is an abundance of fresh local fruits such as mangos, pineapples, jackfruits, coconuts and carambola, betelnuts, pawpaw, longan and lichee, loquat, naseberry and passion fruit. Maybe some of these will be new to you but we are sure that if you try them you will want to take home!